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WikiLeaks: Norwegian politicians shot down by their own. US diplomats in Oslo could have influenced top Norwegian politicians’ opinions at the request of senior Norwegian government officials. Several leaked US Embassy minutes show strongly pro-US Foreign and Defence Ministry civil servants eagerly cooperated with the Americans, in an attempt to influence the Red-Green Coalition’s policies. In what could be a severe breach of confidentiality, bureacrats warned Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre “needed convincing” to report Iran’s nuclear weapons programme to the UN Security Council.

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WikiLeaks: Norwegian politicians shot down by their own

Published on Thursday, 16th December, 2010 at 11:50 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th December 2010 at 12:35.

US diplomats in Oslo could have influenced top Norwegian politicians’ opinions at the request of senior Norwegian government officials.

US Embassy, Oslo
US Embassy, Oslo
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Several leaked US Embassy minutes show strongly pro-US Foreign and Defence Ministry civil servants eagerly cooperated with the Americans, in an attempt to influence the Red-Green Coalition’s policies.

In what could be a severe breach of confidentiality, bureacrats warned Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre “needed convincing” to report Iran’s nuclear weapons programme to the UN Security Council.

Pressuring former Defence Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen to use her position in the government and send Norway’s Special Forces to Afghanistan was also discussed at these meetings, according to Aftenposten.

Moreover, senior bureaucrats alleged key US interests could be at risk because Espen Barth Eide, former State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence and current State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “cannot be trusted”.

“We could be talking of disloyalty and misconduct here if senior officials and diplomats broke the rules,” says Ivar Neumann, head of research at the Norwegian Institute of Intenational Affairs (NUPI).

He underlines government employees are obliged to promote Norway’s views on foreign policy, but diplomatic work is commonly subject to grey areas.

“The problem, however, is that diplomacy invites and must involve personal communications and conversations, where there are always exchanges of information.”

Meanwhile, NUPI Director Jan Egeland believes the minutes may have been misinterpreted, and subject to over-exaggeration by US diplomats.

“We don’t know if these are correct, but the details show individual envoys cross the line and divulge aspects that nobody should ever convey, which is completely inappropriate,” he says.




Published on Thursday, 16th December, 2010 at 11:50 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th December 2010 at 12:35.

This post has the following tags: wikileaks, us, embassy, ministry, defence, foreign, affairs, anne-grete, stroem-erichsen, jonas, gahr, stoere, espen, barth, eide, jan, egeland, nupi, un, iran, security, council.





  
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